Monday, January 20, 2014

Conference Championship Recap

Tom CryBrady after his teams loss to Peyton Manning and the Broncos. 

It was an outstanding pair of games this week with Peyton Manning proving he is better than Tom Brady and the Seahawks proving home-field advantage throughout the Playoffs does matter. 

In a wild turn of events I went from 4-0 on my picks in the Divisional Round, to 0-2 on my picks this week, to move to 7-3 on my Playoff picks. 

If Peyton Manning can win his 2nd Super Bowl this year, he will not only be better than Brady, but he'll be the greatest Quarterback to ever play the game. 

But if Seattle wins, Pete Carroll will cement his name as a coaching great. Manning also made $800 fir the Peyback Children's Foundation for every time he said "Omaha!" at the line of scrimmage. (He said it 31 times.) 

But, most importantly, we finally know who will be competing in the Super Bowl. Here are the players of the week:

Offense: RB Marshawn Lynch, Seattle Seahawks, 22 carries 109 yards 1 touchdown
Lynch was quiet during the first half of Sunday's game, but he was an unstoppable wrecking-ball in the second. He barreled his way through the holes he was given and plowed past the defensive lineman in his way. If not for Lynch Seattle would not have win that game. 

Defense: S Kam Chancellor, Seattle Seahawks, 11 tackles 1 interception 
Chancellor played a well-rounded game, his 11 tackles were second on the team, and he managed to pick off 49ers Quarterback Colin Kaepernick, which turned out to be a major difference-maker. 

Special Teams: 
K Matt Prater, Denver Broncos, 4-4 field goals 2 extra points 14 points 
Prater did what was required of him, as always, and has proved himself the best Kicker in the league. 

Overall: QB Peyton Manning, Denver Broncos, 32 of 43 400 yards 2 touchdowns 
With legacy on the line, Manning was phenomenal. He completed passes in third and short time and time again to wear the defense out, and he threw a tight spiral into the smallest of windows, in a game that looked like he was still in his prime. 

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